thinking capThe word for the day is metacognition or awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes. This weekend my eldest daughter was helping her young cousin with some math. I talked to her about the importance of his metacognition while working through the problems.

As this article from Seed Magazine explains-

GOOD JUDGMENT IS MORE THAN A MATTER OF “GUT FEELING” — IT’S THE WILLINGNESS TO REFLECT ON THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ITSELF.

“The human mind is an imperfect computer, stuffed full of programming bugs. But some researchers now believe that there may be a way of avoiding such innate psychological mistakes. When we flex our metacognitive muscles and think about how we are thinking, we are able to notice when we’re thinking poorly. The end result is that we avoid those avoidable mental blunders.”  Read the article at

http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/thinking_meta/P1/